Lighter, more powerful Ferrari California seen at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on March 6, 2012

Another Ferrari vehicle currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show is the new Ferrari California, which is lighter but has more power. The Ferrari California’s chassis has undergone the most advanced aluminium fabrication techniques with Scaglietti Centre of Excellence, significantly cutting its overall weight by 30 kg. 

The car’s engine offers a power output of 490 CV, which is 30 CV higher than the previous version, which allows the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Customers who prefer to experience a more dynamic driving experience can select the Handling Speciale package, which significantly decrease body roll and improves the California’s response rate to driver inputs. 

The package includes magnetorheological dampers controlled by ECU running patented Ferrari software, which cuts the response time by half.  The package also includes stiffer springs and a new steering box that features a 10% quicker steering ratio. 

The California version on display features a Blu Swaters livery with a Grigio Argento Nürburgring roof and a Sabbia interior.  Accompanying the California at the Geneva Motor Show are the two other recent models of the supercar manufacturer -- the FF in Bianco Italia livery and the 458 Spider in Giallo Tristrato.

Ferrari’s new car lineup at Geneva also features a 458 Italia in a sporty two-tone Rosso Corsa and Nero Daytona livery. Ferrari’s stand at the show includes a special area wherein clients could sign in for the Tailor-Made program, which offers a variety of materials, colors and finishes that were used during the entire existence of the Prancing Horse.

The Tailor-Made area will showcase an FF with several unique customized features, including a new three-layer Grigio Ingrid livery, Testa di Moro semi-aniline leather seats, pinstripe cloth, teak-trimmed boot and cashmere headliner.

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